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What is the secret of Soylent Green?
In an overpopulated futuristic Earth, a New York police detective finds himself marked for murder by government agents when he gets too close to a bizarre state secret involving the origins of a revolutionary and needed new foodstuff.
Even though the big reveal is practically common knowledge, Soylent Green is still an interesting stroll through a remarkably well fleshed out dystopian future.
In Soylent Green the future is overcrowded and sticky. There is an oppressive heat director Fleischer manages to convey rather well. There is always a sense of being in a cramped space when we're with the protagonists, which is contrasted really well with simple pleasures that have become valuable commodities only available to the rich. The world building is one of the film's strongest assets, with the idea of the Exchange (a group of scholars tucked away like some living Wikipedia) being my favourite. The past is…
The worst film of this project so far - and I really wasn't expecting it to be.
Of course, everyone knows the ending to this film. Even though it's not exactly one of the most watched films of all time, the originality of the twist behind it, certainly for its time, has allowed it to attain a fair amount of attention for that fact. But I think the fact that it is attained very little attention for anything else here is very telling.
It's half a silly sci-fi parable and half serious futuristic mystery and never do the two feel like they come together at all. It's filled with kitschy scenes that do feel fitting for the…
Soylent Green is a far more serious, more interestingly made film then most give it credit. i feel like it's now well know ending revelation and the jokes and parodies that have gone along with it has over shadowed the actual merits of this very well made film. i kept thinking 2 things while watching it again last night :
1) i wish i could have seen this in theater in 1973 and have it all be a fresh experience.
2) Charlton Heston's seventies sci fi career reminds me recent Tom Cruise career as the master of the one shot serious sci fi film.
all in all, Soylent Green still stands up great today as slice of golden 1970s science fiction cinema.
Charlton Heston rocking an ascot like its nobodies business.
Best/worst trailer ever cut. "What is the secret of Soylent Green?" Immediately cuts to people getting ground up into meat. Classic.
First hour is pretty much a basic detective thriller set in a world where the greenhouse gases literally turn the world green. Really crowded and ugly world. At times a little too bleak for its own good. Then it cuts to Charlton Heston talking/slapping women and it gets silly again. Yet another 70s dystopia that would probably be better as an HBO show (looking at you Logan's Run ).
Over-population, climate change, exhaustion of resources, corporate greed, it's all there. Soylent Green expressed vital environment messages over 40 years ago, and it did chillingly and frankly. Unfortunately, it's remembered strictly on the basis of being iconic.
Prophetic convictions are merged with noir/sci-fi characteristics to create a film so gripping you forget it features Charlton Heston. The film also features fantastic work from Edward G. Robinson (a perfect farewell to the man) and a cameo from one of my favorite actors, Joseph Cotten.
The "Euthanasia" sequence is so tragic and beautiful. The images and sounds it's inter-cut with are the wondrous result of early 70s Technicolor.
Gorgeous and ponderous, don't mistake Soylent Green for a cheap science fiction picture. It's far, far more.
I honestly thought this was going to be more of a sci-fi movie and more action packed, but it is really more of a slow burn detective story. It was worth a watch and I'm sure it would have had more of an impact without the giant spoiler everyone already knows about at this point. Still Charlton Heston is great in anything and he's always entertaining for an hour and a half or so.
Depicting a future modern viewers know all to well, this dysotopian drama teeters on contemporary reality for most of the earth's population. It's choice of setting as a western city brilliantly invokes empathy and fear in audience members past and present, by subjecting them to visual realities of over-population. Faced with society depraved of human essentials, the feature's protagonists are forced to question the meaning of living, which conversely, projects a needed appreciation of the world's natural wonders.
Disturbing similarities to our own society are present in this bleak dystopian mystery, where environmental erosion and overpopulation have resulted in a world in which there simply isn't enough to go around. Simple pleasures and necessities that most would take for granted are shown as a luxury for the impoverish majority through a number of heartbreaking scenes, in addition to urban decay and civil unrest. The close friendship between the film's two stars is particularly touching, each a reflection of their stage in life and generation, providing a thought provoking element to this staple in 70s science-fiction.
have loved everything i've seen from fleischer's early '70s period, but here the demands of the sci-fi exposition just get the better of him; feels threadbare and cramped, in uninteresting ways.
one of many films playing on private-eye tradition that fail to create a plot that would stand up to the standard of even the weakest 40s potboiler.
An occasionally goofy sci-fi mystery that floats by on its detailed depiction of a dystopian society, and on the dreaded thought that our world might be on its way to becoming like the one in the film.
Charlton Hestons Ausruf an einer Stelle im Film hallt noch lange nach, auch viele Bilder von "Solyent Green" werden in Erinnerung bleiben. Richard Fleischer inszeniert eine wirklich verstörende Dystopie, in der eine übervölkerte Welt von Konzernen beherrscht wird und sich bis auf wenige Wohlhabende die Menschen nur noch synthetisch ernähren können. Echtes Fleisch kennen lediglich die Älteren und die Reichen. Während der Polizist Thorn in einem Todesfall ermittelt, stößt er auf einen düsteren Komplott. Und der letzte Filmauftritt des Hollywood-Veteranen Edward G. Robinson ist sehr berührend.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I guess the best thing about Soylent Green is the world-building. Throughout the course of the movie, you really understand that this is a fully realised world, where the masses can't afford running water or basic food, and a select few live in luxury. All the filmmakers had to do was cram a bunch of extras onto stairwells and into the streets in order to gain 90% of the atmosphere.
At this point everyone knows that Soylent Green is people, but it's amazing how little that surprise matters in the grand scheme of the movie. By far the most powerful scene is where Edward G. Robinson's Roth cooks Charlton Heston's Thorn a meal using actual food. Thorn has never eaten…
The best use of Beethoven's 6th if ever there was one.
Furniture is people! Hot sexy beautiful people!
"Soylent Green" is an intriguing relic, a film whose pivotal words are quite well-known, in AFI's 100 Years...100 Movie Quotes, even (I won't spoil them because if you, like me, are watching this without any prior knowledge, you won't want the spoiler), but which has itself been lost in the abyss of forgotten art.
Watching the film, it's not hard to see why it hasn't become the classic many might have thought it would have. Though it's supposedly set in a dystopian 2022, there is little effort to distinguish said time from its time of production, the 70s, and the characters walk, talk, dress and act like they would in a typical 70s B-movie. Cringiest of all is Charlton Heston's…
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